The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Alienation, servility, and amorality: relating Gogol’s portrayal of bureaupathology to an accountability era

Samier, Eugenie and Lumby, Jacky (2010) Alienation, servility, and amorality: relating Gogol’s portrayal of bureaupathology to an accountability era Educational Management and Administration, 38, (3), pp. 360-373.

Record type: Article

Abstract

This paper explores the insights literature can bring to administrative and bureaucratic critique, focusing on the work of Nikolai Gogol. Gogol's satire of bureaucracy presages many subsequent social science analyses. These encompass the fundamental ruptures in society caused by a surfeit of bureaucracy in ‘The Nose’ and, on a more psychological level, the effects of bureaucratisation on the individual in ‘The Overcoat’. His stories portray the alienation, futile activity, and servility caused in lower level functionaries through problems of loss of identity, the absence of meaningful work, and a lack of separation between public and private life. This paper uses Gogol's work to intensify and sharpen an exploration of the pathological responses of educational administrators and policy makers to an accountability era of burgeoning bureaucracy that has a profound negative impact on performance.


Microsoft Word Gogol_Paper_revised2.doc - Author's Original
Download (102kB)

More information

Published date: 12 January 2010
Keywords: Educational administration, leadership, bureaucracy, aesthetic critique, bureaupathology

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 71927
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/71927
ISSN: 0263-211X
PURE UUID: 485413ce-e1d4-47df-ab16-bd5b196d04fb

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 12 Jan 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:57

Export record

Contributors

Author: Eugenie Samier
Author: Jacky Lumby

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×